Fly Fishing the Elk River

Nothing like fishing with family, and Friday was another opportunity for me to cast some flies with my son-in-law and my grandson Bryson. He has been wanting to make a flow trip with us for the past couple of years, and Friday we made it happen. We mee…


Nothing like fishing with family, and Friday was another opportunity for me to cast some flies with my son-in-law and my grandson Bryson. He has been wanting to make a flow trip with us for the past couple of years, and Friday we made it happen. We meet David Perry our guide at the rivers edge below Tims Ford Dam at 7AM. I have fished with David many times before and know that he will always put us on trout. The Elk is a tailrace that is stocked once a month with rainbow and browns. B.T and I have fished it from the bank at the dam a number of times, with lots of other fly fishermen doing same; to escape the crowd the boat is the way to hit all the honey holes.
Pops and B.T. were really pound of the way Bryson handled the trip considering we were on the water fishing for 5 hours and then another 2 hours to get to the take out area. One of many trout that Bryson would land before the trip was over.
My only brown trout for the trip, which was my best trout of the day. B.T. and I spent a lot of the time letting Bryson land a lot of the trout we hooked. This trip was about Bryson experiencing the thrill of trout fishing and he's already looking forward to our next outing.
One happy little guy; I can't begin to tell you guys how much fun it is to enter act with all three of my grandchildren at the ages of 4, 6, and soon to be 9 year old Bryson. Sometimes I wish they didn't have to go up so fast!!!

Landing Spotted Bass

Some of my best fishing trips are with my son, son-in-law, daughter, and grandchildren. Today I spent some quality time fishing Smith Lake with my son Jason, who is home for a week. 

We left the house at 4:30 AM and started casting the big size 4 Boggle Bug popper close to 5 AM. At this time of day there is practically no humidity and no heat. In fact the air was a cool 75 degrees. Daylight fishing is the norm for me this time of the year mainly because of the heat and humidity. 
A beautiful sunrise was one of the rewards that we encountered as we left the launch at 5 AM. The other reward was the banner morning we had landing some quality Spotted Bass along the huge rock walls located on the lake.
This Largemouth Bass was the only one landed during the early morning trip. There is a big difference in the fighting power of the Largemouth Bass verses the Spotted Bass. The Spotted Bass is one heroic fighter!!!
One of many Spotted Bass which exploded time after time on the Boggle as Jason worked the popper inches away from one of the many rock walls we fished early. The face of this popper makes a popping sound that really gets the attention of feeding bass. Jason was using a bass bug line on his 6 weight fast taper 9 ft. Sage fly rod. The bass bug line made casting the big popper a breeze.



The bluegill didn’t get left out on this outing. The Wiggle Tail nymph was used to land this nice size female gill. In fact all four colors of the Wiggle Tail got the attention of the bulls and females. I didn’t count any the bluegill on this trip, because Jason landed most of the counters. This is the same nymph that Jason used to hook the trout he landed on Fuller Lake.
 

Some of my best fishing trips are with my son, son-in-law, daughter, and grandchildren. Today I spent some quality time fishing Smith Lake with my son Jason, who is home for a week. 

We left the house at 4:30 AM and started casting the big size 4 Boggle Bug popper close to 5 AM. At this time of day there is practically no humidity and no heat. In fact the air was a cool 75 degrees. Daylight fishing is the norm for me this time of the year mainly because of the heat and humidity. 
A beautiful sunrise was one of the rewards that we encountered as we left the launch at 5 AM. The other reward was the banner morning we had landing some quality Spotted Bass along the huge rock walls located on the lake.
This Largemouth Bass was the only one landed during the early morning trip. There is a big difference in the fighting power of the Largemouth Bass verses the Spotted Bass. The Spotted Bass is one heroic fighter!!!
One of many Spotted Bass which exploded time after time on the Boggle as Jason worked the popper inches away from one of the many rock walls we fished early. The face of this popper makes a popping sound that really gets the attention of feeding bass. Jason was using a bass bug line on his 6 weight fast taper 9 ft. Sage fly rod. The bass bug line made casting the big popper a breeze.




The bluegill didn’t get left out on this outing. The Wiggle Tail nymph was used to land this nice size female gill. In fact all four colors of the Wiggle Tail got the attention of the bulls and females. I didn’t count any the bluegill on this trip, because Jason landed most of the counters. This is the same nymph that Jason used to hook the trout he landed on Fuller Lake.
 

Fuller Lake, Tahoe National Forest

 

Thought I would share a fishing trip my son Jason made a couple of days ago fishing Fuller Lake located in the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada California. The lake is one of many small lakes located in the Tahoe National Forest.


The Game and Fish Division stocks the lake with rainbow, browns and it also has a population of wild trout. Water flows into the lake on the north end through underground pipes from Bowman Lake, which provides a decent current flow for a lake that is roughly 80 areas in size.

Numerous rainbows landed during the 4 hour trip fishing 6 to 7 feet deep in the super clear 54 degree water.

Jason’s Hobie kayak is the perfect vessel to navigate the lake, mainly because of the quietness of the fiberglass hull. He has it equipped with all the latest accessories that make fishing from it a breeze. The last accessory added were the wheels.


Beautiful rainbow taken within 5 feet of the Kayak; it was assumed the trout was thinking the kayak was a large floating log.

  The Wiggle Tail Tungsten bead head was the fly pattern that got all the attention for the afternoon. Jason retrieving the Wiggle Tail slowly with short jerks was the action the trout wanted. Lotof fun using his 5 weight spooled with a sink-tip line.


I’ve already put in my request for a guided trip in the near future!!!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 




 

Thought I would share a fishing trip my son Jason made a couple of days ago fishing Fuller Lake located in the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada California. The lake is one of many small lakes located in the Tahoe National Forest.



The Game and Fish Division stocks the lake with rainbow, browns and it also has a population of wild trout. Water flows into the lake on the north end through underground pipes from Bowman Lake, which provides a decent current flow for a lake that is roughly 80 areas in size.
Numerous rainbows landed during the 4 hour trip fishing 6 to 7 feet deep in the super clear 54 degree water.
Jason’s Hobie kayak is the perfect vessel to navigate the lake, mainly because of the quietness of the fiberglass hull. He has it equipped with all the latest accessories that make fishing from it a breeze. The last accessory added were the wheels.
Beautiful rainbow taken within 5 feet of the Kayak; it was assumed the trout was thinking the kayak was a large floating log.

  The Wiggle Tail Tungsten bead head was the fly pattern that got all the attention for the afternoon. Jason retrieving the Wiggle Tail slowly with short jerks was the action the trout wanted. Lotof fun using his 5 weight spooled with a sink-tip line.

I’ve already put in my request for a guided trip in the near future!!!